February 25, 2013 @ 11:23 AM

I want to introduce you to my dad.  Before I came along, he was a surfer from Newcastle.  Blonde hair, tanned skin, and a pretty good body.   Like most macho men....  he never wore sunscreen.  Back in the 1950's & 60's the ozone layer wasn't as destroyed as it is now.  And Dad would have a permanent tan... so he probably thought that was good protection.   Here's a photo of him when he was around 20 years old ⇒  

He got older.  The sun got more harsh.  But he was tough.  He didn't use sunscreen.

Then he noticed bumps on his head.  Spots that would change colour.  He got it checked out, and he had skin cancer.  Years ago he had a spot removed surgically.  But it came back. 

So in January 2013, he had to have surgery again to remove the skin cancer on his forehead.   And here is the photo of his head a couple of days after.

The black eye is a nice touch don't you think?? 

The cancer spot was about the size of a 5 cent peice.  And you can see the size of the incision they had to make to remove it.  After the biopsy, we are relieved to discover it was a Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) that was non-malignant (he didn't require chemotherapy).

His head has healed up quite well, considering how bad this looks!  Although, there is always a scar. 

Has my Dad changed his attitude towards sunscreen?  - YES !!!!!!

So... I want to give you some information:

*  Skin cancer claims nearly 1900 lives each YEAR in Australia

*  UVA can cause sunburn, DNA (cell) damage and skin cancer
    UVB causes skin damage and skin cancer.  Ozone stops most UVB from reaching the earth's surface.
    UVC is the most dangerous type of UV.  Ozone in the atmosphere absorbs all UVC.

* skin damage can be:  sunspots, premature ageing and skin cancer.   The sun can cause eye damage and photosensitivity.   

* There are 5 ways to protect yourself from the sun:
Slip on Sun protective clothing
Slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad spectrum sunscreen
Slap on a hat
Seek shade
Slide on sunglasses

 For more information about skin cancer visit this site:  http://www.sunsmart.com.au

We have a range of products that contain sunscreen.  I cannot stress enough how important it is to wear sunscreen every single day.... even on cloudy days. 

Moisturisers are here:   http://www.deadsea.com.au/moisturise.html

Ahava Age Control Day moisturiser with SPF15
Anna Lotan BB Cream with SPF36

Fresh Look Anti Wrinkle Day Shield with SPF29
Anna Lotan Triple Benefit tinted day moisturiser with SPF30
Anna Lotan Lightening Care C White Formula day cream with SPF14
Anna Lotan C White Daytime Protection with SPF30
Fresh Look Delicate Daily Protection Lotion with SPF30
Fresh Look Protective tinted day cream with SPF20
Fresh Look Lightening Cream with SPF14
Anna Lotan Greens Camellia tinted day cream with SPF30

And the Ahava Sun Protection Moisturising Spray with SPF30 here:  http://www.deadsea.com.au/body/Sun_protect_spray.html

And if you think that a tan is attractive....  remember this lady (in the USA) who thought she looked great with a tan:





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